Antarctica Visa Guidelines

Visa Procurement

Please be advised that visa requirements are subject to change and that visa procurement is the responsibility of the traveller and not On The Go Tours. Please also ensure that your passport is valid for at least 3 months from your planned date of departure from Antarctica, and 6 months if your itinerary includes the Falkland Islands.

Expedition cruises to Antarctica set off from Ushuaia in Argentina so travellers will need to ensure they have any required Argentina visas. Americans, Australians and Canadians, whether arriving by land, sea, or by flight, into Argentina must pay the Argentine Reciprocity Fee prior to arrival and present, on arrival, a printed receipt as proof of advance Reciprocity payment. This fee is set at the same amount Argentine nationals are required to pay for visas into these countries. The fees are as follows: Canadian nationals US$75* (single entry), USA nationals US$160* and Australian nationals US$160* (*or its equivalent in Argentine pesos). The amounts listed above may change according to the reciprocal visa fee amounts set by the other countries.

The reciprocity fee needs to be paid in advance following the below steps:

  1. Enter the web site or of Provincia Pagos and register to start the process.
  2. Complete the form with the corresponding personal and credit card information.
  3. Print the payment receipt
  4. On arrival in Argentina, this printed receipt must be presented at Immigration Control. The receipt will be scanned by the Immigration officials, the information will be checked, and the traveller's entry to the country registered.

See Also

To help you plan your visit to Antarctica's frozen landscapes, take a look at the rest of our handy resources:

Best Places to Visit - our top five destinations in Antarctica
Best Time to Visit - weather and climate in Antarctica
Top Travel Tips - local customs, what to pack and more
The Ushuaia - everything you need to know about the expedition vessel